Guns without Background Checks? SCOTUS is Ready to Rule

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We’ve already seen various conservative states recently change the rules regarding carrying guns concealed and openly without permits. But what about obtaining guns without a background check?

Ghost guns are back up for discussion, and the Supreme Court is ruling on obtaining them without any kind of background check.

“Ghost guns” are those that are dismantled weapons. They are ready-to-assemble kits. Still, they have the necessary parts to “expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.”

The fact that they have to be assembled first doesn’t mean that they are any less dangerous. The laws, as they are written now, require background checks and serial numbers on any weapon that “will or is designed to” expel projectiles using explosives.

In July, Judge Reed O’Connor interpreted the VanDerStok v. Garland case in such a way that it would immunize ghost guns from the federal laws that require background checks. It would also eliminate the need for a serial number, which means that they wouldn’t be trackable.

Problem? You betcha.

While we as Americans do have Second Amendment rights, which we like to exercise, we still must do so safely.

This is why we have to look at ghost guns and whether they should be excluded from background checks. Obtaining such weapons could make it easier for criminals to get their hands on guns.

O’Connor’s reasoning is that “weapon parts” are not “weapons.” Okay, but when they suddenly turn into weapons, then what?

And this is exactly why the case is headed to the Supreme Court.

One federal judge should not be able to set a precedent about whether ghost guns should be legal or not.